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Nine Ways to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is scary to think about for many new parents. If you find yourself wondering and worrying about your baby's sleep environment, take heart. While experts don’t know exactly what causes SIDS, they do know that it’s rare, and that there are plenty of things parents can do to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Precaution starts during pregnancy. You can give your baby a head start by getting proper prenatal care. Be sure to avoid smoking and spending time in smoky environments when you're pregnant.

2. Place your baby to sleep on her back. Whether it’s naptime or nighttime, babies under 1 year should always be put to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS.
 
 

 
 
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Co-sleeping is VERY safe.
Having your baby sleep with you in your bed does NOT increase SIDS!!!! There is a safe way to co-sle..

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